Sports sciences

What Every Coach Should Know About Energy Systems
Volume 29 Number 3
When we talk about training it can be simplified to stress, recovery and adaptation.  As a coach, your job is to stress the physiology of the athlete through training, the athlete has a period of recovery (rest) and the athlete’s physiology adapts.
Hockey player wearing an ice vest
Pre-cooling for team-sports: Does it work and is it required?
Volume 29 Number 3
Exercise in warm or hot environmental conditions results in a rise in internal (core) body temperature that can result in a greater risk of heat illness and an ensuing decline in exercise performance (Gonzalez-Alonso et al. 1999).
Berlei bra being tested
Biomechanical bras
Volume 29 Number 2
Under its newly established three-year partnership agreement, the Australian Institute of Sport’s (AIS’s) Biomechanics department and leading bra brand Berlei have embarked on the first round of testing to further develop sports bras for all Australian women.
strength and conditioning - weight training
Designing a strength and conditioning program
Volume 29 Number 1
Designing a strength and conditioning program can be a complex process. The purpose of this article is to explain the training principles that need to be followed when designing a program, different types of training for strength and when a program needs to be assessed and changed.
Berlei bra
Berlei sports bras - first round of tests released
Volume 29 Number 4
As part of a three-year partnership with the Australian Sports Commission, Berlei, Official Sports Bra supplier to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), have recently embarked on the first round of testing for the year with AIS Biomechanics and Performance Analysis.
Compression Garments
Compression garments: Do they influence athletic performance and recovery?
Volume 28 Number 4
As coaches we are continually searching for training aids that can accelerate recovery from training and competition. One training aid that has recently been adopted by a variety of athletes is the compression garment.
A picture of a sprinter that has just suffered a hamstring injury
A systematic approach to hamstring prevention and rehabilitation
Volume 28 Number 4
Hamstring injuries are becoming more prevalent in many field sports around the world. The field sports most affected are Australian Rules, Soccer, Rugby League, Rugby Union and American Football. This is continuing to occur despite a plethora of hamstring strengthening exercises designed to prevent these injuries.
A man weight training
Weights: a mixed blessing in endurance sport
Volume 28 Number 1
Is the extra muscle and stamina that comes from long sessions in the gym of assistance to sportspeople who take part in endurance events? The answers are mixed.
The dreaded stitch revisited
Volume 28 Number 3
In 2001, Coaches’ Edge ( reported on some cutting-edge research into the causes of the dreaded ‘stitch’, or what scientists call Exercise-related Transient Abdominal Pain (ETAP). This article reveals new research findings.
Starting blocks
Gene testing: a valuble proposition
Volume 28 Number 3
Gene testing to identify potentially successful athletes, or to produce ‘designer’ athletes has been an area of much interest in the sports world — and beyond — for some time now.

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